“In the network space there is a big opportunity for growth.” “The communications industry is moving to a cloud based infrastructure […] with standard high volume servers in a virtualized environment running in a dynamic, automated way.” – Diane Bryant, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Data Center Group. Intel Data Center Day. Santa Clara, August 27, 2015
“This is probably the most exciting time to be in network infrastructure.” “It is a market at an inflection point.” “Until now communications infrastructure has been built on purposely built fixed function appliances.” “Network service operators spend roughly $160B a year on equipment […] and run a $2.2T services business.” “Most of that has historically been a voice based business, but with more and more users and more and more devices connecting to the network you see an explosion of data traffic.” “This is creating an upside-down business problem where, sometime in the future, it will cost them more to deploy, operate and maintain those networks than the revenue generated.” “The answer to that problem statement is to adopt many of the principles of data center and IT infrastructure and cloud […] to take advantage of volume server economics and virtualization technologies, and to pool resources and assets across a number of workloads.” “By the way, Alcatel-Lucent is demonstrating [NFV, Networks Functions Virtualization] here this afternoon. You will see pretty sleek demos.” – Sandra Rivera, Vice President Data Center Group, General Manager Network Platforms Group. Intel Data Center Day. Santa Clara, August 27, 2015.
Note: the above is a collage of selected quotes, which have been edited for readability. Listen to the source webcast for the actual talking points and context.
Alcatel-Lucent Team (from left to right): Jose de Francisco, Bob Haddlelton, Ted East.
Last week our team went back to the Silicon Valley to join Intel’s Investors Day focusing on Data Center technologies in Santa Clara. The event’s agenda included presentations, a data center tour and several demonstrations. Here is the link to the webcast covering the executive talks.
The demonstration area showcased Intel’s projects and featured Alcatel-Lucent as a pioneer in the carrier cloud space and a member of Intel’s Network Builders ecosystem.
You can see Ted East running the Lean NFV Ops demo in the above pictures. We both ended up engaged in parallel conversations when addressing questions from different investors gathering at our demo station. By the way, our team was also present at both of Intel’s Network Builder and Partner Summits as well as at the prominent Developer Forum (IDF). All three events were held in San Francisco the previous week:
At last week’s Investors Day our team continued to validate interest in Lean NFV Ops practices, which call for:
- operational effectiveness tied to highly efficient utilization levels
- starting and remaining lean at any scale, this being key to dynamic networks.
As quoted above, the telecommunications industry is shifting gears by adopting general purpose computing in the form of x86 technology. We discussed NFV’s (Network Functions Virtualization) service agility subjected to real life RAS (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability) scenarios, as well as performance expectations and smart load placement in that environment.
We talked about the role of EPA (Enhanced Platform Awareness) and data plane acceleration in particular: DPDK (Data Plane Acceleration Kit) is a packet processing example leveraged by Alcatel-Lucent teams working on sophisticated network functions such as vEPC (Virtual Evolved Packet Core) and Rapport’s vIMS (Virtual Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem). Some of the discussions included Intel’s storage compression optimization as well.
Here is a quick outline of the solutions involved in the current version of the Lean NFV Ops’ end-to-end demonstration system:
- OSS (Operations Support System) – Motive Dynamic Operations
- SDN (Software Defined Networking) – Nuage Networks
- MANO (Management & Orchestration) – CloudBand Management System
- vIMS (Virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem) – Rapport
- vEPC (Virtual Enhanced Packet Core) – IP Mobile Core
- ANALYTICS – Bell Labs
- VIM (Virtual Infrastructure Manager) – OpenStack
- NFVI (Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure) – CloudBand Nodes
- PARTNERS – CloudBand Ecosystem
Last but not least, this was another very rewarding event and there is a need for thanking Bob, Andy for demo support and Intel’s Jon, Lisa, Christie and Jeni for all of the help provided this past week.
Photo Album: Lean NFV Ops at Intel’s Network Builders, Developer Forum and Investor Day.